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Getting To Know Us

Our History

2021 saw the realization of Iliana Sweis's childhood dream with the establishment of the "Above and Beyond Free Food Pantry," dedicated to supporting local communities. Inspired by the lengthy queues observed at other food pantries during the COVID-19 pandemic, she took action. Initially operating out of a single storefront in West Garfield Park, its success led to rapid expansion, now occupying two units and effectively doubling its capacity. Currently, the pantry provides a range of services, including support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Women on the Way, assistance in obtaining essential documents, and connections to organizations addressing immediate client needs. Our ongoing efforts are geared towards enhancing our offerings to better cater to the needs of our neighbors.

Volunteers at Food Bank
Volunteers with Donation Boxes

Mission

Alleviate hunger and its related challenges by fostering access to nutritious, sustainable food options. We are committed to empowering individuals with the tools and resources necessary to find purpose and fulfillment in their lives, starting with addressing immediate hunger needs and transitioning towards long-term self-sufficiency

Vision

From Hunger Relief to Empowerment: Our vision is a community where hunger is a temporary setback, not a persistent struggle. We prioritize immediate relief while investing in sustainable solutions, guiding individuals towards self-reliance and empowerment.

Food Photography

Meet theTeam

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Our staff members are more than just individuals fulfilling roles; they are advocates for change and champions of hope. With unwavering dedication, they work tirelessly to provide not only food assistance but also a supportive environment where individuals can access the resources they need to thrive. Whether it's offering a listening ear, connecting community members with vital services, or organizing educational programs, our team goes above and beyond to empower those we serve.

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Ken Cozzi
Executive Director

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Demonds Coburn
Pantry Operations Specialist

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Jerry Harris 
Pantry Manager

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Valivia Williams
Pantry Operations

Specialist

Volunteers

You!
Our Volunteers

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